The State of the Open Source Cloud 2012 [Infographic + Report]

There is no doubt that open source clouds are on the minds of both open source communities/projects and commercial entities. With 3/4 of 2012 behind us, we thought it was time to get some feedback on The State of the Open Source Cloud.

We polled more than 100,000 community members to determine the prevailing sentiments concerning open source cloud deployments, the perceived advantages and disadvantages of this technology as well as to gain insight into future open cloud deployments within IT departments. You can download a copy of the full report here.

Highlights from the survey include:

Maturity Hampers the Deployment of Open Clouds

  • 82.8% of respondents said they are not using an open cloud.
  • Maturity (38.4%), lack of support (30.7%), and security (28.7%) were most commonly selected as reasons why respondents are not using an open source cloud.

OpenStack Dominates Adoption Plans but CloudStack and Eucalyptus in the Hunt

  • Of those considering deploying an open cloud 63.2% are looking at OpenStack, 47% are looking at CloudStack, and 23.5% are looking at Eucalyptus.

Open Cloud’s Future is Bright

  • 57% of respondents said they are thinking of deploying an open source cloud in the future, 41.2% of these expect to do so in 1 – 2 years.
  • The top 3 aspects of an open source cloud solution deemed most important by respondents include efficiency & performance of virtualization technology (75.1%), project’s use of a preferred open source license (52.1%), and quality of community ecosystem (64.3%).

Also, join us for a round-table discussion regarding the state of the open source and what it means to your business and the broader cloud computing market.

Round-table panel includes:

  • Rob Hirschfeld, OpenStack Board Member and Principal Cloud Architect at Dell
  • Mark Hinkle, Senior Director, Cloud Computing Community at Citrix
  • Greg DeKoenigsberg, Vice President Community at Eucalyptus
  • Floyd Strimling, Vice President Community, Technical Evangelist at Zenoss



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